Definition of storm in English:

storm

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Pronunciation: /stɔːm
 
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noun

  • 3 (storms) North American Storm windows.

verb

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  • 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move angrily or forcefully in a specified direction: she burst into tears and stormed off he stormed out of the house
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    • They promptly blamed each other for driving him away, and stormed off in opposite directions in the vain hope of finding their way back to the palace.
    • At last, Cora and Arlan broke away and stormed off in opposite directions.
    • He then turned on his heel and stormed off in the direction of the cucumber sandwiches.
    Synonyms
    stride angrily, stomp, march, charge, stalk, flounce, stamp, fling
  • 1.1 [with direct speech] Shout (something) angrily; rage: ‘Don’t patronize me!’ she stormed
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    rant, rave, rant and rave, shout, bellow, roar, thunder, rage, explode
  • 1.2Move forcefully and decisively to a specified position in a game or contest: Chester stormed back with two goals in five minutes
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    • His club colleague James Callery, now operating at centre-forward, came storming into the game in the final 10 minutes.
    • Biarritz dominated for over an hour but came agonisingly close to throwing it away after Ulster stormed back into the game.
    • Connelly was again on target to complete his hat-trick and put Forres in a winning position but Nairn stormed back with goals from Gary Farquhar and a winner from Kellacher.
  • 2 [with object] (Of troops) suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force: commandos stormed a hijacked plane early today (as noun storming) the storming of the Bastille
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    • The siege finally ended the following day when troops stormed the building.
    • When troops stormed the building, 129 hostages and 41 guerrillas were killed.
    • With the help of military deserters, they stormed the prison and forced its surrender, massacring the commander who had fired on them early in the attack.
  • 3 [no object] (it storms, it is storming, etc.) (Of the weather) be violent, with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.
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    • It was practically dark as we prepared to put the sign onto the posts when a strong wind stormed through bringing an icy rain and hail with it.
    • He often provided a roof over my head when it stormed or the snow was deep outside.
    • That night it stormed again and in the morning they set out through the driving rain, though the thunder and lightning had stopped.

Phrases

go down a storm

Be enthusiastically received by an audience: the film went down a storm at Cannes
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  • Amazingly, the film went down a storm among critics who had the chance to catch up with it, in America.
  • The film has already gone down a storm in America, where it became one of the best-reviewed movies of the year.
  • The rain held off long enough, though, for a happy afternoon which went down a storm with the performers and audience alike.

the lull (or calm) before the storm

A period of unusual tranquillity or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.
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  • Moreover, I think opponents will look back at the current period as the lull before the storm because forces are at work that should actually boost the movement's progress considerably.
  • I know that the worst is yet to come - this is merely the calm before the storm, so to speak, as January is usually the snowiest month here - so some effective indoor activity would be a good idea.
  • Thanksgiving used to be the calm before the storm, the day to rest before the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, a day usually spent at home with family and friends.

storm and stress

another term for Sturm und Drang.

a storm in a teacup

British Great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter.
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  • On the other hand, some of the ‘stories’ that have caused a great deal of excitement are no more than a storm in a teacup.
  • It wasn't corruption, but it wasn't a storm in a teacup either.
  • All this furore about same-sex marriages seems a storm in a teacup to me.

take something by storm

(Of troops) capture a place by a sudden and violent attack.
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  • Because Poole's force was not strong enough to take the town by storm, an anti-Bolshevik rising had to be organized in the town and co-ordinated with the landing.
  • Things escalate when a SWAT team follow the police onto the scene and the macho head officer threatens to take the place by storm.
  • Saladin's brother, al-Adil, took the city by storm and sold the entire population into slavery.
Have great and rapid success in a particular place or with a particular group of people: his first collection took the fashion world by storm
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  • Just as Gregorian chants took the charts by storm in the 1990s, the producer of a new CD of Gaelic psalm singing is hoping to touch the public's heart.
  • Fifty years ago, rock 'n' roll took the music world by storm.
  • In 1937, they took the racetrack by storm, winning everywhere and lifting a quickly obsessed nation out of its doldrums.

—— up a storm

chiefly North American Perform the specified action with great enthusiasm and energy: the band could really play up a storm
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  • Marshall didn't speak a word of Spanish before he arrived in Cuba; now he's talking up a storm.
  • A couple at the table behind us was smoking up a storm and it kept drifting over me.
  • The whole time, I was sweating up a storm, thinking that he'd still frisk me and find the stash in my jeans pocket.

Derivatives

stormproof

adjective
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  • People must learn to coexist with our coasts, live in practical areas, and, where feasible, build the necessary defenses to stormproof our society.
  • More than two dozen police cars were moved into a stormproof building owned by a large building-supply store.
  • There was clear glass behind him, reinforced stuff, shatterproof, stormproof, and beyond it was a creature.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch storm and German Sturm, probably also to the verb stir1. The verb dates from late Middle English in sense 3 of the verb.

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